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August 17, 2012 6:46:27 PM

Well, let's say you want to do a good amount of component testing and such, running different cards, different CPU's, RAM, etc.. benchmark testing, blah blah blah.. what motherboard, without having to go crazy and buy several motherboards, would you get? Obviously I would stay within the LGA 1155 range.
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August 17, 2012 7:00:16 PM

What's your budget for the board?
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August 17, 2012 7:16:12 PM

Maybe the title is pretty retarded, not exactly what I was thinking when I typed it.

The 100-200 dollar range really, but less then $200 would be nice haha.
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August 17, 2012 7:21:29 PM

Well, a Z77 chipset with at least 2 pci-e 3.0 slots should be ready for IB out of the box and backward compatable with SB. (and allow you to try SLI/xfire stuff too)

Most here seem to lean toward Asus, but I have never tried them. I just ordered a Gigabyte Z68 board after having good luck with two different 990FX (AMD) Gigabyte boards.

Z68 is supposed to be compatable with IB but can require a BIOS update.
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August 17, 2012 7:32:51 PM

The VRM section on that board doesn't *look* like it could handle a serious OC, but I have no direct experience with it so...
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August 17, 2012 7:38:16 PM

So, do you have any recommendations for boards that CAN handle serious overclocking? The SLI/Crossfire is a must, but it doesn't and shouldn't be a 3-way haha, I'll never spend the money on 3 graphics cards, especially since most mid-range cards don't support 3-way anyways.
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August 17, 2012 9:35:55 PM

These have beefy VRM sections and are reputable names, but I have no direct experience with any of these examples.:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 18, 2012 4:06:44 AM

Yeah I think I am going with the UD5H. Seems to be a really good mobo for overclocking etc...
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August 18, 2012 4:06:51 AM

Best answer selected by H2l.
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August 18, 2012 2:27:12 PM

quick bump

Does anyone know if the Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H is backwards compatible? It will be used with an i5-2500k. I think it is, but I'm looking to see if anyone has any experience with that.
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August 18, 2012 4:14:53 PM

It is.
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August 18, 2012 9:14:54 PM

nice. Thanks!
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